Worry Ends Where Faith Begins
Easier said then done for sure. My journey to being worry free started several years ago when my children began to venture out on their own. When they started leaving the yard, driveway and Cul De Sac for the road. First, it was going around the block. Then, they would ride their bikes down the main road into town. Sometimes they were alone. Sometimes they were with friends. But they were always without me. I would pray and ask the Lord to protect them, but then I’d worry the whole time they were gone.
One day, the Lord checked my heart and I had a thought. “If you trust the Lord, you have to trust Him completely, even with your kids.” I was watching my son ride away on his bike when that thought came to me. I could feel a level of anxiety rise in my chest. I took a deep breath and said, “Okay Lord. I trust you. I will trust you to protect my kids, because I can’t.” And I walked away from the window. That was 10 years ago.
Since then, we’ve been through sports and injuries. Friends and break ups. Tough days at school and bullies. We went through one child getting his license and driving away. I began watching out the window again, but with a prayer and faith. That child drove 30 miles away everyday for his last 2 years of high school. Now he drives 45 minutes away for work. I still pray and have faith that the Lord will protect him and bring him home safe.
The second child got her license and began to drive away, with me in the window once more. As I watched her leave, I’d pray and have faith that the Lord would protect her as well. She began driving over 30 miles away for her last 2 years of high school as well.
There’s something that strikes fear in a mothers heart when the first child beings to leave the nest. As prayers are answered with that child’s return home each day, faith grows and the mothers heart relaxes. Until the youngest child begins to leave. That same fear strike her heart. Her chest tightens and it gets hard to breath. Just for a second she forgets to have faith as she prays. Then she remembers how the Lord answered her prayers all those years. Faith again takes hold and pushes out the fear. Where there is trust, there is faith. Where there is faith, there is hope.
Living without worry is a process. A long process. It doesn’t happen overnight. I’m not always great at it. It started with my children, but it applies to our employment and finances. Our home and car repairs. It applies to our other family members daily lives and their health.
As we go through those things in life that can shake us up, we must try to keep our focus on Christ. Remembering how he protected and provided in the past. We must continue to have faith.
Now I have my mom close by. She isn’t in very good health and makes poor decisions for herself that cause self harm. And I worry. I’ve been worrying a lot about her. For months now. Even before she moved here and now after she moved here. Then I realized her move here was the answer to prayer. A prayer I had stopped praying. I really just didn’t believe she would ever make a choice that was good for herself. Then she moved here so I could help take care of her. That answered prayer breeds trust, which leads to faith and hope. You can read more about that in an earlier post “Does God Really Answer Prayer?”
I am now on the path of faith where my mom is concerned. I continue to pray the big prayers for her. The out on a limb prayers. The long shot prayers. I pray them because I have faith and I’d rather not worry. I pray them, because the Lord is answering them. Praise the Lord!
Replacing worry with faith is easier said than done, but I can be done. Through faith.
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
James 2:26, For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
What is your faith story? How has answered prayer strengthened your faith and trust in the Lord?
Have a great week!